Industry News of the Day for February 14, 2019

Industry News of the Day for February 14, 2019

New Jersey:

West Virginia:

  • Poker News Report, 2.13.19 – West Virginia Lawmakers Introduce New Online Gambling Bill
    • Just one month after an online gambling bill was introduced in West Virginia, Mountain State lawmakers have proposed yet another.
  • Card Player, 2.13.19 – West Virginia Introduces Legislation To Legalize All Forms Of Online Gaming
    • West Virginia is going all in on gambling. Lawmakers in the state, led by Del. Jason Barrett, introduced the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act, HB 2934, on Friday. If passed, the bill would legalize all forms of online gambling and allow for online casinos in the state.
  • Metro News, 2.13.19 – Satellite casino bill moving along in the House of Delegates
    • West Virginia’s four racetrack-casinos will be allowed to establish secondary locations within the counties they’re situated in a bill House Judiciary approved Wednesday.
  • Gambling Insider, 2.12.19 – Online gaming bill proposed in West Virginia
    • A bipartisan group of lawmakers are attempting to bring licensed online casinos to West Virginia. Sports betting was legalized in the state 11 months ago and now a group of lawmakers, led by Delegate Jason Barrett, are seeking further expansion.

Minnesota:

  • CBS News Minnesota, 2.13.19 – Minnesota 1 Of 30 States Trying To Legalize Sports Betting
    • Minnesota lawmakers are making a move to legalize sports betting. A bill allowing Minnesotans to make bets on games will be introduced Wednesday.
  • Sports Handle, 2.13.19 – Bill To Legalize Sports Betting At Minnesota-Based Tribes Announced
    • A month after the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association sent a letter to Minnesota legislative leaders opposing off-reservation sports betting, a state representative has announced that he will file a bill that would legalize sports betting on “tribal casino premises only.” Representative Pat Garofalo (R-District 58B) held a press conference Wednesday morning and shared details of the bill he plans to file on Thursday in the Democratically controlled House.
  • Twin Cities Pioneer Press, 2.13.19 – MN legal sports betting? First proposal made at Capitol. Here are the odds.
    • A pair of Republican lawmakers Wednesday made the first pitch for legalized sports betting in Minnesota following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to the idea.
  • Legal Sports Report, 2.13.19 – Minnesota Sports Betting Gets A Big Push, But Will Tribes Give Their Blessing?
    • Tribal casinos in Minnesota might be next on deck for regulated sports betting. On Wednesday, Rep. Pat Garofalo unveiled a new MN sports betting bill as part of a press conference in the capital. Garofalo has been the primary spark for related discussions in Saint Paul over the past year, an effort which has finally spawned a piece of proposed legislation.
  • FOX 9, 2.13.19 – In push for legal sports betting, lawmakers hear concerns over reservation lands
    • Minnesota lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday, hoping the state will fall in line with others when it comes to legal sports betting. Rep. Pat Garofalo evokes the spirit of competition to push his bill though the state legislature.

Rhode Island:

  • Sports Handle, 2.13.19 – Rhode Island Senate Approves Mobile Sports Betting Measure
    • With little fanfare and only one senator speaking in opposition, the Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday passed S 37, 30-4. The measure would legalize state-wide mobile sports betting requiring in-person registration at one of the state’s two casinos, Twin River or Tiverton, both owned by the Twin River Management Group. The measure will now be sent to the House for its approval.
  • Providence Journal, 2.13.19 – Mobile sports gambling in R.I. is on the fast track
    • Rhode Island’s proposed venture into online sports gambling sped through the state Senate Wednesday despite concerns it will contribute to problem gambling and create a monopoly ultimately costing the state money.
  • WPRI, 2.13.19 – RI Senate approves mobile sports betting legislation
    • Mobile sports betting is one step closer to becoming a reality in Rhode Island after the Senate voted to allow mobile wagering through the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.

Pennsylvania:

  • Play Pennsylvania, 2.13.19 – PA Legislator Wants Sports Betting Taxes To Provide Property Tax Relief
    • The rewards of legalized sports betting in Pennsylvania could soon find a new destination. A proposed amendment to Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes aims to use taxed revenue from PA sports betting to “provide property tax relief” for Keystone State residents.

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New York:

  • Gaming Today, 2.12.19 – New Yorkers split over online sports wagering
    • New York voters are split right down the middle on whether the state should legalize online betting on sports events, through smartphone apps and computer servers, according to a new Siena College poll.

Washington:

  • iGaming Business, 2.12.19 – Tribal sports betting bill filed in Washington State
    • A group of eight Washington Representatives have put forward a new bill that would legalize sports betting at tribal gaming facilities in the state. House Bill 1975 would permit tribal casinos to offer sports wagering both in-person and via the internet, but does not include specific reference to mobile activities.

Colorado:

  • Denver ABC, 2.13.19 – If put to a vote, would you support sports betting in Colorado?
    • Jay Korengay, the executive vice president of operations at the Superbook in Las Vegas and a graduate of Colorado State University, understands the state’s love of sports and politics, but cautions it won’t bring the money that the marijuana industry has poured into the state since it was legalized in 2012.

Federal News:

Sports League News:

Overall Industry News:

  • The Press-Enterprise, 2.11.19 – 5 ways casinos can attract younger generations of slots players
    • Millennials and Generation Xers may already go to concerts, dine and shop when they visit a casino, but how do you get them on the gaming floor? They need to be engaged to keep the market going, according to a panel of top casino gaming executives speaking at the Western Indian Gaming Conference at Harrah’s Resort Southern California last week.